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Advocates of public education in the United States have worried that President-elect Donald Trump would tap an education secretary who would speed up the privatization of public schools, a move that many fear could destroy America's public education system, the country's most important civic institution. Well, they were right about the appointment -- and then some.

After Democrats Michelle Rhee and Eva Moskowitz said they weren't interested in the job, Trump tapped Betsy DeVos, a former Republican Party chairwoman in Michigan and chair of the pro-choice advocacy group American Federation of Children.

Seen by her supporters as a tireless, driven supporter of school choice, opponents say she is the most ideological and anti-public education nominee ever to be put forward to run the the nearly 40-year-old department. They fear that Trump, along with DeVos, will push "choice" programs that many see as draining resources from the traditional public school districts that educate most American schoolchildren.

School choice has become a central priority of the corporate school reform movement, which aims to have the U.S. public education system run on market forces. School choice proponents say that charter schools and vouchers offer parents important options for their children's education -- allowing them to leave their neighborhood schools in search of something better -- and that traditional public schools have failed in many places.

Donald is as far to the right as Obama is to the left. The fireworks should be fascinating as he dismantles Obama's flimsy legacy.
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